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Mike Napoli OK to play despite getting hit by pitch Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli made it into the lineup Monday against the Orioles after getting hit on the knee by a pitch in the ninth inning of Sunday night's game. Napoli stayed at the ballpark overnight to get treatment so he could be ready for Monday morning's game.

"While there's some soreness, he's ready to go," manager John Farrell told reporters. "The way he went down, it didn't look promising. We were somewhat anxious to see how he would respond."

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Playing regularly helping Danny Espinosa's timing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa collected a season-high three hits Sunday against the Cardinals, raising his season average to .313. It also came a day after he hit his first home run.

Espinosa is off to a promising start a season after being demoted to the minors.

"I’m happy for him, because I’ve been that guy," manager Matt Williams said, per The Washington Post. "So I know the dedication that it takes to work back and be the player he wants to be. And so far, he’s been really good. His approach is good, his intensity is good, his attitude’s fantastic, and he loves to play. So I’m happy for him."

Espinosa has moved his way into the starting lineup due to Ryan Zimmerman's thumb injury forcing Williams to play second baseman Anthony Rendon at third base.

"I’m just trying to help the team and do my part," Espinosa said. "We’re missing a couple key guys in our lineup. I’m just stepping in and trying to do my part so we can be successful this season and hopefully make a playoff run. When you play every day, obviously your timing is a lot better. When you’re facing 96 every single guy out of their ‘pen, if you’re getting one at-bat, it looks like 106. You can’t really slow it down. But more at-bats does help your timing."

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J.J. Hardy absent from Monday's lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy did not make it into the starting lineup Monday at Boston after leaving Sunday's game with a strained right hamstring. Ryan Flaherty started in his absence Monday.

Hardy is batting .316 (6 for 19) with two doubles and four RBI in his last five games.

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Nick Maronde expected to get the call
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Angels are expected to recall pitcher Nick Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, the Orange County Register reports. The 24-year-old was sent down to the minors earlier in April after posting a 3.00 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP along with 5:1 K:BB ratio in three innings pitched.

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Shane Victorino could rejoin team Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino could return from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, depending on how he feels after his third rehab game, MLB.com reports Victorino started his rehab assignment on Saturday and took the day off on Sunday. He will continue his rehab work Monday with the team's Triple-A affiliate.

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Devin Mesoraco reaches base four times
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco continued his recent success at the plate Sunday, reaching base four times in his team's 8-2 victory over Chicago.

Mesoraco doubled in a run in the fourth, and singled in the fifth and ninth innings.He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .515 with three homers and 11 RBI in 33 at-bats.

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Jose Abreu breaks out of slump with three RBI
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu broke out of his recent struggles on Sunday. launching his fifth home run of the season in a 16-2 win over the Rangers.

Abreu launched a two-run home run in the fifth and doubled in a run in the ninth. He added another double and finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI. In his last two games, he has five hits over nine at-bats. He is hitting .243 with five homers and 17 RBI in 74 at-bats. 

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Adam Jones notches four hits in loss to Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones had five total bases despite notching four hits in his team's 6-5 loss to Boston Sunday night.

Jones had singles in the first, third and sixth innings, respectively, before ripping a double in the ninth inning. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .313 with one home run and eight RBI in 67 at-bats.

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David Wright cranks out four hits in win over Braves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mets third baseman David Wright cranked out four hits in his team's win over the Braves Sunday afternoon.

Wright had singles in the third, sixth, seventh and 10th innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 6 with a run scored and an RBI in a 4-3 win in extras. He has four multi-hit games over his last five. He is hitting .316 with one home run and 11 RBI in 76 at-bats.

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Justin Morneau plates five runs in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau needed just two hits to drive in five runs Sunday afternoon against the Phillies.

Morneau drove in runs on a ground out in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He also singled in a run in the first and launched a two-run home run off reliever Jacob Diekman in the seventh inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and five RBI in a 10-9 defeat. He is hitting .344 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 64 at-bats.

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